A Bright Idea

141015 - PhotoBy, Nan Claire Falkner

Witt could make anything. Now he was making light bulbs out of discarded wine bottles. As an event planner for her country club, his oldest daughter, Mellia, was keeping him stocked. He had a backload of orders.

Finding tungsten wire filament on e-bay was such a coup! Now, Mel had told him she had some empty green gin bottles and, the screw caps were perfect!

The heady aroma that filtered out doors made the neighbors a little stand offish lately. “Wonder why” he thought.

On the shop clock radio was playing “The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel.

“Life is grand!”


43 thoughts on “A Bright Idea

    • Dear Bjorn, This is a great excuse for gin! Me? I’m a vodka gal which my brand is in cobalt blue bottles. I do have one with some purple. Neighbors can be such a bore some times – Of course, not ours! Thanks for reading and commenting! Nan 🙂

    • Dear Sandra, I love it – Recycling IS the answer! Thanks and I hadn’t thought about that yet, other than I save wine bottles – or liquor bottles (especially blue ones). I can’t bring myself to throw them away. Have a wonderful fall Sandra! Nan 🙂

  1. Who cares about neighbours? He’s having a great time one way or another! Well done!

    Greetings from Greece!

    Maria (MM Jaye)

    • Dear Maria, Thank you for reading my story. I agree that the neighbors are pathetic busy-bodies and they need to come over and help Witt with the lights. Hey, they might ENJOY the aroma! Nan 🙂

  2. Dear Siobhan, I agree with you, but the ‘heady aroma’ is a great employee recruitment tool. Hopefully without short circuits – the UL (Underwriters Laboratory) who stamp every Lamp, extension cord, light sockets and any other electrical appliance (heating blankets, toasters, ovens, appliances) check these light bulbs out correctly. Thanks for stopping by! Nan 🙂

  3. Dear Nan,

    I have a good friend who collects blue bottles and makes lamps and candle holders out of them. The blue glow is mesmerizing.

    At least Witt isn’t personally draining the bottles. L’chaim.



    • Dear Rochelle, I just can’t bring myself to turn loose of the dark blue, dark amber, or dark green bottles – so I recycle them. You are right, they are mesmerizing sort of like fish tanks. Thanks for stopping! Nan 🙂

  4. Dear Nan,

    Were you headed for an explosion, what with the tungsten filament, the heady aroma and the gin bottles? Either way this was a great story. I wonder if you zoomed in on the bottles to see that sat least one of them has been converted to a candle lamp. The blue ones will have their bottoms cut off and a socket with a blue bulb added and then they’ll be hung out back in fairyland.

    Well done.



    • Wow Doug, How magical and a great idea! I love cobalt blue (or any blue) glass. I also collect green (Depression Era) glass and my kitchen is full of pieces on shelves in front of the windows. When the sun hits them in the winter, it makes me happy and in the summer – they blend into the trees in and around the deck. It’s soothing to me. Thanks for the great ideas! Nan 🙂

  5. Well, this is grand, Nan! I want one of these lamps for my desk, please. I love all your details like the tungsten with filament. I bet eBay does have that. I love your imagination.

  6. I wondered about the smell along with Doug, but fancy neighbours not liking the aroma of gin. Reuse is the best form of recycling, and Witt is obviously a master of the craft of reducing waste. Loved where you went this week.

  7. Great story, Nan! I think the neighbors are just jealous that he’s having such a good time without them. I reuse wine bottles as oil lamps outside on my patio. The blue bottles are the prettiest.

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